Daily Schedule & Attendance Info

School begins each morning at 8:15 a.m. at Northwestern Elementary School (NES). Students who are transported by parents should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. No supervision is provided until that time unless they are enrolled in the Tiger's Den Childcare program. Afternoon dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.

Parents of NES students who wish to take their child out of school during school hours, prior to 3:00 P.M. are to park on the east end of the school (toward the middle school) and come into the office. After 3:00 P.M., park on the west lot. At 3:10 P.M. the west doors are unlocked so that parents can sign out their children on their class lists and the lists will be delivered to the classrooms at 3:20. The children will meet their parents in the multi-purpose room. The buses will block the north driveway at 3:15. This driveway is closed to all traffic except buses during school hours.

Even if the child has a note or a phone call has been made to the office, the child will board the bus if the parent is not at school when it is time for the buses to leave (3:30 NES). Children may not stay after school and wait for their parents.

If you designate someone other than yourself to pick up your child, please call the office ahead of time or send a note to your child's teacher. We want to be sure your child only goes with whom you wish.

If your child is absent (or tardy), please send a note or call the school explaining the absence. School Board policy requires the parent to inform the school of the date(s)and the reason(s) for any child’s absence from school. If you do not respond, your child’s absence will be considered unexcused and he/she will not receive credit for the work missed. A child must be in the class one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon session to be counted as present for the morning and afternoon session.

All children in attendance must be healthy enough to participate in all outdoor and indoor activities scheduled for the day, including adaptive activities for children with disabilities. If you are concerned about your child’s health and going outside, the general rule of thumb is that if you feel your child is too sick to go outdoors, the child is too sick to be in the classroom as well. Children benefit by enjoying the outdoors. This enables them to breathe clean, fresh air, which is important to their health.

Recess and noon hour breaks are taken outdoors unless it is raining or extremely cold, so be sure your child is dressed for the weather conditions. Students are not allowed back in the school building until the bell rings or the whistle is blown. It is also a good idea to keep an extra sweater at school. Please put your child’s name and grade on all clothing he/she may remove during the day.

If you must contact your child during the school day, please leave a message with the secretary or person who answers the telephone. The message will be relayed promptly with minimal classroom disturbance.